Train to Glastonbury named after festival founder Michael Eavis

The First Great Western train will go through Castle Cary, the nearest station to festival site

Rail company First Great Western have named a train after Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis.

Announced today (April 23), the Michael Eavis train, a high-speed Power Car No 43026, will run from Paddington station in London to South Wales and the south west of England. It will go through Castle Cary, the nearest station to Glastonbury Festival.

“There have been ups and downs over the last 45 years of the festival but this is one of the best moments,” Eavis said of the honour. “Just think of this train heading down to Somerset and Devon, think of it at night rolling through those valleys and it reaching the coast at Dawlish. It’s magical, isn’t it?”

Eavis continued: “It’s not just a little goods train or something, it’s a proper engine. Public transport is important to Glastonbury. We encourage people to arrive by train or bus rather than car.”

Michael Eavis unveiled the train, which features his named emblazoned on the side as well as the Glastonbury logo, at Paddington station earlier today. See photos below.

Earlier this week,
Michael Eavis hinted that the final Glastonbury headliner would be revealed on June 1, also implying that the headliner for the Sunday leg will be composed of two artists, rather than one, and that they will “most likely” be British.

Eavis was speaking at an event at London’s Victoria And Albert Museum on Tuesday night (April 21). In his talk, titled Michael Eavis: Glastonbury, Eavis spoke about the history of the festival. Speaking to attendees afterwards while posing for pictures, Eavis said the next line-up announcement for the festival will be on June 1 and will be “a big one”.

According to eFestivals, Eavis was then asked for clues as to the identity of the final headliner. He responded that the headliner consists of two acts, rather than one, and that the artists in question are “most likely British”.

Glastonbury Festival will run at Worthy Farm from June 24-28. Kanye West and Foo Fighters have so far been confirmed as two of the three headline acts.